Ok. Here’s where we stand after several discussions with the mechanic and service writer…
When the hard starting was investigated, rust was found in the bowl of a fuel injector and dropping pressure was evidenced. Leaky FI because of partial clog was diagnosed. All 4 injectors were replaced…“If one is bad, the others will go soon and we’ll have to open up the engine again then.”
200 miles later, cylinder 2 was mis-firing. Again, rust is found. Upon further examination, return fuel line and fuel rails found partially clogged. After calls to Subie headquarters, the following was recommended: replace entire system.
Tank inspected. Minor amount of gunk…flushed.
Filler neck inspected…OK.
Replace all steel fuel lines. Can’t be flushed.
Flush rubber fuel lines.
Replace fuel rail.
Replace fuel filter.
Replace fuel regulator.
They don’t know where rust/gunk/sludge came from. My cars are filled at the same 2 - 3 gas stations…no trouble with wife’s car. Never sat idle for long periods of time. Drygas occasionally in winter.
There are no local independent garages for second opinion that know Subies. Car is immobile, so a big dealer out of area is inaccessible. I don’t have much technical engine knowledge, so…
$3100 (- 10 to 15% discount agreed on) poorer. 12 month - 12,000 mile warranty. 2013 loaner awd vehicle as long as my car is in garage. I guess that’s the best I can do. They sound as straightforward as I guess I can expect…seem to answer my questions as best they.
So…thank you for the time and information you offered. I truly appreciate it.